My story is different than most boys. For one, I grew up in a two parent household, RARE, and NEVER in my life did I ever have a role model outside of my dad (RARE AGAIN...I remember going to school and everyone wanted to be Michael Jordan attempting the last shot). Also my story is different because I love the sport my dad hated. My dad loves baseball & football. I still have cleats he bought me when I was younger...videos of me attempting tee ball as little boy...I inherited his massive baseball card collection. As a young boy I found myself trying to love those sports to impress him....So I wore his HS football jersey to school, signed up for baseball in middle school, studying players in his collection. But in reality, I loved BASKETBALL. I wanted to be Mike in Utah, Kobe in Phoenix, Iverson stepping over his opponent. BUT NONE OF THAT IS RELEVANT. Its not important because no matter what, me and my dad connected on one important aspect of baseball: We fell in love with the connection of Ken Griffrey & Ken Griffrey Jr.
As you probably know by now, Ken Griffrey Jr is going to the Hall of Fame! If you don't know, shame on you but read about it here. Griffrey is the right choice, the best choice, if you could only vote for ONE player this year, he should be your only choice. I could GOOGLE his stats and post them like I know them by heart, but I will let you handle that. Just know what he did for baseball was amazing. Rarely I like praising people for doing what they SHOULD be doing, but Griffrey survived during a time in baseball where steroids was at a ALL TIME HIGH. I lost hope in baseball after Sosa & Bonds but Griffrey, staying very lowkey, never embarrassed the game.
So yesterday 'warning shots' reports begin to appear letting us know Griffrey might not get a perfect score for the Hall. I call these reports 'warning shots' because this is the media way of softening the blow of news that's coming. You telling me 440 people couldn't put a check by Ken Griffrey name on a ballot? INTERESTING. The reasoning I saw was more interesting...'Hank Aaron & Babe Ruth were bigger figures and their scores was less than perfect', 'He played during the steroid era and he's guilty by association' and my favorite 'many will turn in a blank ballot just to make sure he doesn't get a perfect score'. Is Ken Griffrey happy he made it in...YES...Is he shocked he is the highest vote getter of all time...YES...Should we all just sit around and accept the fact that 3 individuals thought it was it was okay to leave him off the ballot? I know one thing...
ALL THE REASONS ABOVE, ARE SIMPLE WAYS ANCIENT AMERICA MAKES SURE ANOTHER BROTHER DOESN'T GET WHAT HE DESERVES.
There you go! I said it! Ancient America still have TOO pride in what they 'own'. Today, for better or for worse, this generation takes pride in making their brand bigger, so they chase headlines, set trends and go out their way to shine...but there are still those individuals who take pride is saying NO, THIS IS MINE AND YOU'RE MERELY A GUEST. I understand the argument of NOBODY, despite their race has gotten 100%..That sounds all well in good, but Babe Ruth induction issues in the 1930's has NOTHING to do with today. Deep down I promise I can find race playing a part of writers not wanting 'a young black boy being the first in their sport'.
Don't believe me? GET ME THOSE THREE VOTERS, let me choose the interviewer....and lets have a sit down.
I want to know who they thought was more deserving that a guy that redefined their sport...a guy who is throughout the record books...a guy who redefined a position. I just have a little digging to do.